Mr. Leonard "Mr. T" Younger's sunrise was May 22, 1918 in Benton, Miss. His sunset was God's will at 6:21 a.m., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at his residence in Kennett. Leonard was a faithful member of St. John AME Church, where he served as steward and trustee, and any office that could be held in a Methodist church. He was awarded an Emenitus lifetime achievement award for the 5th District of the AME Church.
Leonard and Virgie united in holy matrimony in 1953 and then moved to Bragg City, Mo. They were both occupied there as farmers. The family decided to move to Kennett in 1983. His wife, Virgie Gilmer Younger; parents, Paul Younger and Fannie Gerald Younger; six siblings and one son preceded him in death.
His memory will be cherished by children, Ralph (Rewanda) Gilmer, of Blytheville, Ark., Myrtle Candy Younger, of St. Louis, Mo., Virgie (Malcomb) Ross, of Chicago, Ill., Beverly (Willie) Alford-Thomas, of Kennett. Valorie (Charles deceased) Shaw, of Chicago, Ill., Patra (Steven) Aiken, of Buffalo, N.Y., Dennis (Mellorie) Younger, of Compton, Calif., Denise Johnson, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Annett (Alif) Williams, of St. Louis, Mo., Steve (Dora) Davis, of Osceola, Ark.; one sister-in-law, Beulah Wright, of Kennett, and three brothers-in-law, Jessie Gilmer, of Grand Island, Neb., Hinton (Lillie) Gilmer, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lawrence Gilmer, of Las Vegas, Nev. His memory will also be cherished by his 30 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren, several godchildren, honorary grandchildren, special friends, Willie and Kenya Parchel of Kennett, Ben and Belinda Worley, of Dexter, Mo., and a host of relatives and many, many friends.
The children of Leonard "Mr. T" Younger will greet friends and family at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, at First United Methodist Church in Kennett.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
A repass dinner will follow interment services at First United Methodist Church for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Virgie's Place, where the yearly scholarship will change from Virgie's Place Scholarship to the Leonard and Virgie Younger Memorial Scholarship.